perils with writing and whatnot
This is the responses for my third lesson in Writing Bliss’s free email course, Inner Journey. Please read about my results of the first lesson, Meaning At Any Given Moment here. You may find my reactions of the second assignment, My Heart Is At Work, or the third assignment, Simmering For Wholeness, worth reading too.
“Doubt is a state of openness and unknowing. It’s a willingness to not be in charge, to not know what is going to happen next.”
– – Bernard Glassman and Rick Fields, Authors of Instructions to the Cook
For this assignment, I chose the fifth question to answer. (I love the fact that I only have to address one of five questions for each assignment. 😉 )
What things are stopping you from doing what you truly want to do? Examine honestly, if these things are legitimate hindrances or are simply excuses you’ve come up with because of an unspoken fear.
First, I needed to discover what things I would truly be happy doing. At this stage in my life — middle-aged rapidly heading to being a senior — what I’m capable of doing has dwindled a little. Also, my disability is a factor that can’t be ignored. There isn’t any point in discussing desires that realistically can’t be fulfilled. With this said however, this would be a worthless exercise if I stick to the things that are easy to accomplish just to complete the assignment.
There is a big difference between these two. I think of obstacles as things that actually get in the way of what I want to do. For example, I cannot ride a regular bike because of the obstacle I have, poor balance of the entire body. It’s a medical condition I have no control over. When I think of apprehensions, doubts and uncertainty comes to mind. There’s still a possibility that I can do whatever it is. I just have to get past the ‘what ifs’ and drum up the courage to move forward with it.
Granted, I could probably shoot for all three of these ideas I consider my dreams or passions. I think my largest hang-up is that I’m a realist. I believe I do have the courage to face the unknown, the doubts. It’s just that sometimes it takes a long time for me to muster it up for the challenge.
I lived in Europe for almost two years when I was younger. I’ve seen how Europeans treat their seniors. I can tell you that those of us in the US could learn a thing or two in this area. Fear of living there is not a problem for me.
I know that I could probably design a fabulous house that is disability-friendly. However, I can’t see the point in making such an effort when the chances of anyone actually following through by building the structure sounds ludicrous to me.
As for being a published writer, with diligence and moral support, I just may make it yet.
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